Julie and her family moved to Hickory, NC in 2018, and officially became members of Grace Covenant in 2019. She has been the worship director since November of 2021. Julie originally hails from Michigan, but spent most of her growing up years in Peoria, IL. She graduated from Cedarville University with a B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in Music & Bible. Julie has been playing the piano and singing since she was about 5 years old. She was heavily involved in band, choir & theater throughout high school and college, as well as church choir and worship team at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL. Julie’s passion is to support the message of the gospel by singing theologically rich lyrics and timeless hymns and providing an environment where musicians of all abilities can grow in their skills and confidence! She loves watching her team grow together spiritually! Julie has been married to Ryan, an elder at Grace, since 2004. They have 3 children - Matthew, Bradley and Anna. When not working on music, Julie loves hiking, camping, traveling, reading, cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals and Michigan Wolverines and riding her horse, Ayanna.
Grace Covenant is so blessed to have an active and healthy music ministry! Many small churches struggle in this area but we are very fortunate to have many different gifted and talented musicians at our church. Our music team rotates based on availability and interest and includes musicians of all ages! We rehearse on Sundays prior to our service, and use Planning Center Services to rehearse on our own throughout the week.
We sing a combination of older and newer hymns each week, with intense priority being placed on the lyrics we are singing. Our passion is that the message of the Gospel is proclaimed just as loudly through the music as it is from the pulpit. We usually have several special services throughout the year, such as Good Friday and Christmas Eve, where the music is specifically featured.
If you have been gifted musically, and have a desire to serve the Lord in this area, we would love to have you! We look forward to making music together here at Grace!